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The Smythy

Lechlade-on-Thames, Gloucestershire (Ref. 31097)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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16 Customer Reviews

  • "Wonderful stay/holiday."

    Bit disappointing to find the Pool almost fully booked by locals for the week, I wonder how we would have felt if the other apartments had been occupied. Other than that, when you have finished the refurbishment please contact us. We would love to return, although wheelchair users do need walk in showers.

    Reviewed by RaymondAug 2022

  • "This is our second visit, with our first at the end of the the first major lockdown."

    I was disappointed this time as the swimming pool wasn’t available and we hadn’t be advised in advance. I was also surprised that the welcome biscuits and milk were not sealed but placed on saucer/jug - I would have expected a packet/pint. Overall our stay was very good, accommodation comfortable and we had everything we needed. Very enjoyable.

    Reviewed by SaraMay 2022

  • "Would recommend the accommodation."

    Clean, spacious and comfortable. Lovely facility for young families. Owner was helpful and prompt to respond to any issues. Some recommendations to make it even better : Freezer availability..even if only big enough for ice blocks Improved lighting in bedroom to enable reading in bed. Shower facility. It was difficult to wash hair in the bath. Coasters/ mats.. we were worried we might ruin the wooden surfaces However it was a really lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by PamAug 2021

  • "There are some lovely play areas for children of all ages, however holidaymakers are forbidden to use most of these until after 6pm on weekdays and on weekends only."

    This is because a play scheme has access to these areas and the owners wanted some COVID bubble separation between the different groups. This is fair enough, but we had no warning of this before booking or arriving. The pictures on the website therefore were not a fair representation of the facilities that were generally available to us. We booked the private indoor swimming pool for an hour. It was warm and clean and a real treat. However, the price is now £10 per hour and not £5 as advertised on the Sykes website at time of writing. There is no freezer in the cottage. There is room for a small under counter freezer which would have been great for freezer blocks to keep our picnics cool and for ice creams for the kids. There is a shared freezer in the shared laundry room, but this is unplugged and unavailable due to COVID. Many holiday cottages will have a washing machine included. This cottage has a laundry room shared with other cottages. This is absolutely fine. However, we felt it was a bit cheeky to charge a pound for a wash. The cottage has two mezzanine bedrooms. One has a tiny window (smaller than A4), the other has no window. It got very hot and stuffy and I slept on the sofa downstairs for the whole week. The TV and sofa and dining and kitchen areas were all fine. However there is no facility to recycle anything on site or in the local village of Lechlade. We found this very disappointing. There is a small kitchen bin which filled quickly but no spare bin liners, so we had to buy our own. The bathroom has a bath with a shower hose but we were advised not to use it for showering because water splash will damage the floor. It is for hair washing only. It is a small walk from car park to the cottage, which was fine for our family, but it might effect other holidaymakers. There are some communal BBQs available which were appreciated. The owners were friendly and knowledgeable which was great. It was really lovely to meet all the animals in the farm (donkey, goats, sheep, pigs, cows and horses). We fell in love with the donkey.

    Reviewed by RogerJul 2021

  • "Had a lovely 5 nights at the smythy, girls loved the trampolines and animals we could go and see ."

    Easy to get into lechlade, really enjoyed a break away .

    Reviewed by SallyMay 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location, although not the easiest place to find in the dark."

    Downstairs twin for my 2 boys was great and the two upstairs doubles were comfortable. All equipment you could need was available in the kitchen area, and washing machines and dryers available on site which you could pay for. Unfortunately the pool was out of action for the first part of the week, but was offered free for the rest. Loads of animals on site including donkeys, goats and ponies, which the boys loved stroking. There are trampolines dotted around and lots of play equipment for little ones. As the cottages are set in a farm there are loads of places to walk whether to stroke the animals or through woodland. Would have been great if I had taken the bikes too! We really enjoyed our stay and will definitely go back, to great accommodation in a beautiful part of the world.

    Reviewed by GrantAug 2019

  • "Fantastic peaceful place, lots to do with the children on site that u wouldn't normally be able to do at home without paying extra."

    The smythy had everything we needed. Owners were really helpful and friendly. Would definitely reccomend this place for little get away.

    Reviewed by AmandaJul 2019

  • "We spent 3 nights here with friends (we were two families of 5, so 10 people total), while exploring the Cotswolds."

    We each had a cottage (we were in the Smythy). The accommodation was super comfortable, enough room for us all, all amenities provided and a laundry room outside in the courtyard (1 pound for wash/dry), which was much needed after travelling around before getting to the Smythy! We had a fabulous time - great location in a cute little village. We would explore by day and make our dinners at night, eating out in the courtyard on the picnic tables provided. Really lovely!

    Reviewed by AnnJun 2019

  • "Great location, amazing experience."

    We loved our stay in the Smythy.

    Reviewed by LesleylpakkaJun 2019

  • "We had a very relaxing and lovely holiday with a teenager and 1 pre-teen both of whom loved staying at the Smythy."

    The quirky layout was an instant hit with both of them and having the attic "eyries" gave them the space they wanted but kept them in touch with the rest of the family. Having read previous feedback we had taken a couple of plug boards and these easily stretched into the upper rooms to allow tech dependants to maintain charge on appliances whilst staying connected and accessible to the rest of the family in the lower living space. We stayed during the May/June half term and whilst I had also brought fans we didn't need these as the upper areas where a pleasant temperature to sleep in. Additionally there is now access to a shared freezer in the laundry room which was really helpful. Our 15 year old felt that this is the best accommodation we have ever stayed in. The setting was great and whilst I was a little concerned that my kids might find it a little childish the woodland area with it's zip line and boating lake where both suitable for their age range and instant hits. The biggest selling point however was the swimming pool which they thoroughly enjoyed and was a great way to get them out of bed to start the day without any arguments! The farm is a 15 min walk to the "centre" of Lechlade and the only disappointment of the holiday was the fact that none of the three village tea shops sold cream teas but there were great chocolate brownies, an Indian restaurant and local pubs to compensate along with England's oldest Christmas shop. Situated 30-40 mins from almost anywhere in the Cotswold this is a fabulous location from which to explore numerous Cotswold villages, Oxford, The Uffington Chalk Horse and many more sites.

    Reviewed by AnnaMay 2019

  • "Had a great time this weekend."

    Cottage was well equipped and all facilities were great. We did use the pool and had a good walk around the farm. Excellent facilities for kids and big kids alike! It was ideally situated within walking of shops, pubs and boat hire. We had a fab weekend. Thank you for your hospitality. Ps I even enjoyed the easy check in system.

    Reviewed by MarieApr 2019

  • "We had a wonderful holiday at the Smythy."

    It is perfectly positioned just outside Lechlade and our two year old birthday boy really enjoyed running around the fields and seeing all the animals. The cottage was ideal in most ways, given there was one downstairs bedroom that wasn’t accessed by precipitous stairs. Wouldn’t be suitable for some toddlers but worked well for us.

    Reviewed by LornaOct 2018

  • "Would have liked a shower over the bath with curtain."

    Surroundings were delightful and grandchildren were able to roam on their own. Feeding the animals was the highlight of the week for them.

    Reviewed by SusanJun 2018

  • "It was a lovely place in a good situation, easy access for town."

    Owner very friendly and tea and biscuits on arrival, lovely touch.

    Reviewed by SallyApr 2017

  • "On arrival the owner was extremely friendly and even offered my Daughter and her newborn baby the cottage next to us at no extra charge so she didn't wake is all up!"

    A particularly great place if you have small children as there is lots to do.

    Reviewed by SarahSep 2016

  • "Fantastic location on the farm ideal for children of all ages a safe environment on the farm for them to play and explore."

    The farm is set in an excellent location in the heart of the Costwolds ideally placed to visit many pretty villages and places of interest.

    Reviewed by RuthAug 2016

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  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x ground floor twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Shared external utility
  • The pool is available for private use at £10 per hour per property.
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine and tumble dryer in utility, TV with Freeview, DVD, radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Shared, front gravel courtyard with furniture and BBQ
  • Indoor heated pool available for private hire
  • £10 Per Hour
  • (available Spring to Autumn)
  • Free shared use of small, unfenced lake
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 10 mins walk
  • Note: Guests have access to the owner’s 40 acre estate with animals, children’s play equipment and woodland walks
  • Note: Unfenced lake on-site and natural hazards such as rabbit holes etc in the woodlands, children to be supervised
  • Note: Lake is not available for fishing
  • Note: The first floor mezzanine bedrooms have sloping ceilings with restricted head height and are accessed via steep open tread stairs with a curtain for privacy.

The property

One of four charming barn conversions in a courtyard setting which combines original exposed beams with modern furnishings, ideal for a family holiday in a beautiful part of the country.

This delightful semi-detached cottage boasts two first floor double bedrooms and a ground floor twin, along with a light and airy open plan living area with a well-equipped kitchen, a comfortable sitting area and a dining area which has doors leading guests to the front shared courtyard garden.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 30808, 31093, 31094, 31095 and 31096 on the farm, together they sleep 28 and with two lodges 929312 and 929313, they sleep 36.

Riverwood Cottages @ Manor Farm

Lechlade-on-Thames 0.9 miles. Situated just a short distance from the pretty riverside town of Lechlade, these barn conversion cottages and wooden lodges are located on a family run estate on the edge of the Cotswolds, where you can sit and watch the animals on the farm or stroll through the 40 acre farm and 14 acres of woodland. These delightful properties have been lovingly created from old farm buildings and each is individually furnished and decorated, retaining much of the rustic character and charm. With lovely bedrooms, open plan living areas with exposed beams, well-equipped kitchens with dining areas and cosy sitting areas, these cottages and lodges make wonderful bases for your holiday. All of the cottages provide outdoor seating, four together in a courtyard setting and two which overlook the farm, watching the animals and enjoying alfresco dining. The two lodges on-site are set in a woodland environment and provide perfect accommodation for a romantic break or small family holiday. Step inside the lodges and you will be able to enjoy their rustic charm with simple wooden fixtures combining seamlessly with contemporary furnishings to provide a lovely base in peaceful surroundings. Spend a day on the estate where the younger children can make full use of all the swings, slides, sand pit, parkland and woodland play areas. Other facilities for children include a football pitch, scooters, plus a heated indoor swimming pool is available for all guests from the start of April until the end of October. In the woodland, guests are welcome to light the fire pit and enjoy a barbecue or spend a day at the nearby Cotswold Water Park which offers many watersports, horse riding, cycle routes and walks around the nature reserves. Take a stroll into Lechlade and enjoy the individual shops, cafes, restaurants and traditional pubs, plus there are many unspoilt Cotswold towns and villages are on the doorstep of these fantastic properties.

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About the location


Cirencester 13 miles; Oxford 24.5 miles.

The popular riverside market town of Lechlade lies on the edge of the southern Cotswolds and has many traditional pubs, antique shops, a Londis and a Co-operative including a fuel station. Lechlade is also home to the infamous Christmas shop (“Where it’s Christmas all year round”) and offers many river-based activities with River Thames trips available throughout the summer season. Lechlade is steeped in history and is an excellent base for many Cotswold and River Thames walks, including the Thames Path, plus excellent fly fishing is also on offer and the town plays host to many festivals throughout the year, including the annual three day Lechlade Music Festival, featuring over 80 bands and performers. Nearby, The Cotswold Water Park is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, covering 40 square miles, made up of 140 lakes; an area larger than the Norfolk Broads. Britain's largest water park, it offers a wide range of activities, including boating, water skiing, fishing (some of the finest trout fishing in the country), cycling, walking, golf and horse riding. Cirencester, known as The Capital of the Cotswolds is just a short drive away and boasts a rich and well-preserved heritage with a Roman Amphitheatre, Corinium Museum and Abbey Grounds. The Brewery Arts Centre offers visitors a unique arts and crafts shopping experience or visit the Bathurst Estate, home to the Cirencester Polo Club where some of the highest level of polo can be seen. Oxford, the oldest University City in England, boasts interesting Botanical Gardens, museums and libraries, and plays host to many festivals and markets throughout the year. The ancestral home of Winston Churchill and the World Heritage Site of Blenheim Palace is just a short drive away, where many lovely walks can be enjoyed around the landscaped parkland. Within an hour's drive is Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath, many unspoilt Cotswold villages and the Malvern Hills, all of which are well worth a visit.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas